Like every month before it, the past one has been a whirlwind of firsts, milestones and surprising developmental leaps that I just wasn’t ready for. Baby Girl can now pull herself to standing and cruise round the furniture. She’s been crawling for nearly three months now and has perfected her running crawl down a tee. She’s solid and strong, holding her own as she wrestles and plays with her older sister.
This has also been the month where she’s learned to clap her hands, which is exceptionally cute. She can also do the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star hand movements, which she sometimes combines with the odd hand clap, just for added smiles.
We also (finally) have the first teeth. The front bottom ones came through within a week or so of each other. One of them arrived on the day we went into London last week which explains why she was a bit grizzly on the journey home.
We’re getting lots of baby babbling that is starting to resemble the beginnings of proper words now, my favourite being the “Mamamamamamamama”. Every now and again she’ll make a sound that could almost be a real word, reminding me how exciting it is when they suddenly start talking.
She’s a little champ, constantly smiling and laughing. Baby Girl adores company, and will flash big cheesy grins at anyone who shows an interest in her. She has this deep belly laugh which is completely infectious, even when you’re tired, hot and feeling frazzled by To Do lists and jobs that never seem to get finished.
Sleep is becoming more reliable these days. We’ve had a few more of those mythical unbroken nights recently, which has been incredible. I had my first ever unbroken eight hour stretch of sleep the other night since she’s been born, when Baby Girl slept from 10.30pm after waking for a feed, through to 7am the following morning. Every other time she’s done this I’ve still woken, but that night I was out cold. Of course that was followed by a night where she woke every two to three hours, but I guess that’s the law of baby. Interestingly, the (self-proclaimed) Northern Love Machine is now able to settle her at night, which gives me some welcome relief on bad nights.
During the day she’s happiest napping in her cot and tends to have one big nap (two to three hours) and a shorter nap later on, unless it’s a baby swimming day when she’ll do a quick nap in the morning in the car and then a longer nap in the afternoon. This is great because it means I can get a bit of work done. As much as I loved the days of her snoozing on me while I watched Netflix, it’s nice to actually be able to get stuff done while she sleeps.
It feels like we’ve always been a family of four, even though this time last year we were still waiting to meet her. Frog told me the other day that she loves being a big sister, even though little sisters are “sometimes a bit annoying”. As a big sister myself, I can fully agree with that statement.
The next month will see us begin the school holidays and have our longest time together as a family yet. I’m hoping there will be more “lovely sister” moments than “annoying sister” ones. Fingers crossed.